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Thompson House awarded $300,000 grant

Posted April 28, 2011

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, April 26, 2011, by Jaime Cone

“BRATTLEBORO– Thompson House residential nursing facility recently received a USDA loan of more than $300,000 for the installation of a modern cooling and ventilation system.

In observation of Earth Day, the United States Department of Agriculture announced April 22 that a $331,000 Community Facility Loan and a $27,300 Community Facility Grant will be awarded to Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association, Inc., the owner of the Thompson House. [More …]


One of the family UCS Shared Living program pairs clients with families – and homes


Source: Bennington Banner, April 25, 2011, by Neal Goswami

“BENNINGTON — Stacey’s bedroom, dominated by pink tones, is filled with some of the artwork she has created since moving in with the Von Ouhl family and becoming part of it about 16 years ago.

Stacey, 39, who lives with Marilyn Von Ouhl and her family as part of United Counseling Service’s Shared Living program, beams with pride as she displays various pieces of work. She enjoys building things, and her favorite piece, she said in sign language, is a home made of wood with a stone pathway.

The Shared Living Program began at UCS about 30 years ago. It allows developmentally disabled people who cannot live alone, or may not be able to continue living with family, to continue the experience of living with a family. [More …]


CHT and Howard Center Move Forward to renovate 322 St. Paul St.


Champlain Housing Trust (CHT)  and the Howard Center are moving forward  to renovate 322 St. Paul into a group home for the residents of Lakeview, a home on the diocese property on North Avenue being purchased by Burlington College. The appeal period for the permits has passed, and Shay Totten of Seven Days has a blog post up about it: [More …]


Statewide Healthcare Rally MAY 1st!


Join thousands of Vermonters from all over the state as we build a movement for Vermont to be the first state to have universal healthcare!

March will begin at City Hall at 11am followed by a noon rally at the Statehouse.

For more info and to sign up:

To purchase a copy of this beautiful poster, go to:



Vermont Federal Rental Assistance Impacts

Posted April 26, 2011

Source: The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, April 20, 2011, by Barbara Sard

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has prepared state-by-state fact sheets that “show the impact of federal rental assistance programs like vouchers and public housing — and the potential impact of scaling them back significantly through a global spending cap or similar proposal” — They’ve prepared fact sheets on the number and types of households in each state that receive different kinds of assistance.

VT Federal Rental Assistance Facts (PDF): [More …]


Report: Renters face record high affordability problems


Source: Housing Matters Blog, April 26, 2011, by Craig Bailey

“The recent recession pushed the number of renters who pay more than half their income for housing to record levels, according to a report released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS). [More …]


Housing group asset transfer moves ahead


Source: Brattleboro Reformer, April 23, 2011, by Howard Weiss-Tisman

“BRATTLEBORO — Windham Housing Trust members have approved a plan to acquire the properties of the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust, and the deal is now expected to officially take place next month.

WHT members at a special meeting Thursday voted to change the organization’s name to the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, and in the coming months officials from both groups will work to transfer the RACLT properties to the new group. [More …]


Delegation looks for aid after Brooks House fire


Source: Brattleboro Reformer, April 22, 2011, by Chris Garofolo

[From right, Heidi Doyle, Jenny Hicks, behind Hicks, and Desiree Shrift help Eshraq Alkhabbaz, of Saudi Arabia, move her personal goods out of the Brooks House on Thursday. Alkhab­baz and her friends are students at SIT Graduate Institute. (Bob Audette/Reformer)]

“BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s congressional delegation is exploring all options to potentially bring federal funding into Brattleboro after a five-alarm fire Sunday evening destroyed the top two floors of the historic Brooks House building.

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., toured the site Thursday morning to observe the destruction first-hand. The blaze ignited shortly after 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 and spread across the top of the building, leading to the evacuation of 59 apartments and several street-level businesses. [More …]


In the News: Housing Wage Report


As many may know, the 2011 Housing Wage Report was released on April 21, by Vermont Housing Finance Agency. This is an annual report that provides a comprehensive outlook of affordable housing in Vermont. Its data is used to inform many people, advocates and representatives alike, on the critical housing shortage and continued need for affordable housing in Vermont. On Thursday the 21, VHFA held a press release at the State House in the Cedar Creek Room.  To view photo’s and to find out more about the event, click here: Housing report release event

One of the major findings from the report is that the average cost of a modest 2bdr apartment in Vermont, $990/month,  has increased by 7% in the past year (from 2009-2010), an astonishing 58% increase since 2000.  A renter would need to earn an hourly wage of at least $19.03 — or $39,595, annually — to afford this.

To find out more results from the report, read the following: [More …]


Reminder: Housing Wage Report Release THURSDAY 4/21

Posted April 20, 2011

Reminder that the 2011 Housing/Wage report will be released Thursday, April 21, at the State house in the Cedar Creek Room at NOON. If people live/work in and around Montpelier, please stop by and support this effort. The Housing/Wage report provides a comprehensive outlook of affordable housing in Vermont, its data are used to inform many people, advocates and representatives alike, on the critical housing shortage and need for affordable housing in Vermont. For those that live further away and can’t make it, reach out to your local media and let them know the report is being released and be able to talk about area-specific information.

VHFA has lined up the following people to speak at the report launch:

  • Senator Vince Illuzzi, Chair of the Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee
  • Representative Helen Head, Chair of the House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee
  • Secretary LawrenceMiller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Sarah Carpenter, VHFA Executive Director

Please help us get a good crowd in attendance. The report will be made available Thursday morning by VHFA on their website. We will email it to our members as soon as we receive it, so that you may review the information and be able to speak on it to the press.

Thanks again and hope to see you there!


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